Anyone who has ever lived in the South, or watched "the" American beauty pageant over the decades, will be delighted to see all its sugary ambition and role-playing exposed--and surprised perhaps at the ultimate gentleness of the satire, for the women come to be regarded as individuals and as such are not ridiculed. The supporting cast of intensely committed beauty contestants, both silly and sincere, and those who manipulate them, are well chosen. Michael Caine's efforts and success in grooming the Sandra Bullock character put this film in the genre of Pygmalion, My Fair Lady, Pretty Woman, etc. It is of course Sandra Bullock's comic acting, which just gets better as the years go by, that makes this film worth seeing more than once. Highly entertaining, and highly recommended.